Tips for Inner Happiness
Whether it's tackling an item on your bucket list or just dwelling on your blessings for a few minutes, you can improve your health as well as your mood by taking time for YOU this Valentine's Day! Here are five ways to get started:
Norwex Movement wrote a recent article on the importance of focusing specifically on what we have to be grateful for! When we do, our mood, well-being and even sleep can improve! They suggested that journaling in a gratitude diary every day for three weeks, would reap the the benefits of a more positive mood and increased satisfaction with life!
Express Your Emotions
One thing to note is that shared feelings can be the basis of friendships, romantic partnerships and fruitful working relationships. According to Dr. Faizal H. Sahukhan, national communications director for the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association, "Effective communication solidifies a relationship". It is suggested that expressing our feelings in an open and nonjudgmental environment can lead to bonding and a heightened sense of intimacy, which also gives us a connection with other people.
Did you know that our outlook can make a big difference in the way we feel, physically and emotionally? It is also true for our our words, which means that self-talk can play a major role in our outlook of ourselves, others and whatever situation may be around us. Trainer Dee Britton says, “When we speak negatively, we stay stuck where we are. Instead of saying things like, ‘I’m too tired to exercise,’ say, ‘When I exercise, I feel better and gain more energy.’ ”
Stay in ToucH
How important it is to be connected with others! Afterall, we were created to be social beings! A Brigham Young University study found that people with strong social networks are 50% more likely to outlive those with fewer ties. In order to stay connected with others, we must be intentional, which means that it requires cognitive activity to interact socially, leading to helping your mind stay sharp! Especially important as we age!
Be Kind to your Body
It may sound simple, yet so hard in our busy day, but taking care of our bodies is an often-overlooked secret for being at our best. Always look to get plenty of fresh air and breathe it in deeply. Schedule it, if you have to! Eat lots of fruits and vegetables, and aim for a colorful variety of food on your plate at every meal. Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of water every day to flush out toxins. And don’t skimp on sleep—your body will thank you. Lastly, DO MORE OF WHAT YOU LOVE, and SET ASIDE TIME TO REST YOUR MIND!